FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has imposed new pollution limits on three coal-fired Arizona power plants, aiming to protect the environment and air quality for wilderness areas and landmarks such as the Grand Canyon.
The EPA set limits for the Cholla, Coronado and Apache generating stations that will require technology upgrades to keep 22,700 tons of nitrogen oxide out of the air each year.
State officials quickly denounced the decision Friday, saying it needlessly was harsh, would require a $500 million investment by utilities and will make electricity more expensive for consumers.
“We are disappointed that EPA would choose to unilaterally decide what’s best for Arizona rather than” partner with the state Department of Environmental Quality on a proposal, said department director Henry Darwin.
He added that any air quality improvements, specifically a reduction in haze that obscures mountains and sunsets and can make breathing difficult for people with respiratory problems, would be imperceptible.
Read more at Chem Info. By Felicia Fonseca, AP.
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